Sensational news hit Twitter today as YEP journalist Phil Hay confirmed that the fans group Leeds Fans United have reached an agreement in principle to purchase Massimo Cellino's controlling stake in Leeds United.
Twitter is a roar with the news that Dylan Thwaites and co could soon be taking over the club that they have strived to be a part of since a meeting in December saw fans come together with one thing in mind, fan ownership of Leeds United.
Cellino confirmed to Radio Leeds that he would be more than happy to sell to the fan owned group if they 'had the best interests of the club at heart'. The news comes after a meeting was held between Cellino and LFU today to talk about the best way to tackle the current issue with the clubs games being exploited by Sky.
It turns out that the growing tension and task of the job at Elland Road could have been too much for the Italian, forcing the group of one dubbed 'White Knights' to come in and offer fresh hope of bringing Leeds back to the big time.
Having worked closely with Leeds Fans United for many months I can honestly confirm that they have nothing but the clubs best interest at heart and will work day and night to set the club on the right path, something I've seen Dylan do.
As a Leeds fan all I can say is congratulations to LFU, the work they have put in to get this far has been none stop and none profit.
This really could be the time that life as Leeds fans turns around and the feel good factor returns to Elland Road.
By Ryan Ingham
On Monday the Leeds United fan community lost another happy and bright young Leeds fan. The tragic news of Skye Thompson's passing has been a harrowing story that we have all seen in the news.
It's with this news that Skye's family have asked Leeds United fans who attend tomorrow's match at home against Blackburn Rovers to give her a minutes applause on the 17th minute to remember her in a way that she would have loved.
Below is a short statement that her Uncle Scott has prepared to let you know a little more about Skye.
Tragically Skye lost her life unexpectedly last Friday, after suffering a bleed on the brain while home alone. Skye being the incredibly strong girl she was clung on to life for as long as possible allowing for masses of family and friends to visit her and say their goodbyes.
Although Skye's death is a devastating tragedy, their is some comfort for the family in knowing that as of Saturday evening Skye's amazing act of organ donation as given the gift of life to 4 young individuals already.
Being the Leeds UNITED mad girl she was, I (her uncle) have been trying to organise a spontaneous minutes applause against Blackburn on the 17th minute. Which from the phenomenal reaction on social media and local media, I hope this will happen.
Although Skye's short but amazing life has been brought to an end, this is just the beginning for Skye's legacy through her organ donation.
Thank you, MOT
We thank Scott for his courage and hope that you will join in on the 17th minute as we say a final goodbye to Skye, who will always be remembered for the life she has now given to those four people and the love she had for the club we support.
With fans going crazy on Twitter after noticing that Luciano has returned home to Leeds, most people will ask the question why bother?
The simple answer to that absurd question is why the hell not?!
Becchio, akin to a certain Jermaine Beckford, is thought of by fans as a prodigal son. In this I mean that the forward was with us during our hard times and always played for the shirt. His unbridled passion for our beloved club has never stopped, he'll always be Leeds to me.
The fans who do think that the move would be a step in the wrong direction, there are valid points. Since leaving Leeds, Becchio has been plagued by injuries and long spells out of football, recently leaving his recent club Belgrano to focus on gaining back his fitness.
When Becchio comes to mind there should be one sentence that comes to your mind, he does a good job. This statement will stick the player much like it has with players like Dirk Kuyt and Ji-Sung Park. An explanation to the phrase is that even when he's not in with the goals, he can still be a player that can create chances and help his side keep the ball.
The positive aspects of signing a player of Becchio's ilk are simply phenomenal. When Becchio is in form, he's going to bring you goals by the pound. When he's not in form, he's going to bring you assists by the ton.
Although we do currently posses a player in that category with Chris Wood, the lessons that the current forwards could learn from the experience Luciano has in the game could really propel the club forward. We can all see that Wood is struggling to find his finishing boots and a man like Becchio can help the forward gain back his form.
The fact is, Becchio may be entering the end of his career but he has a lot of knowledge to give and the young lads in the academy could be the perfect people to take it in. As is with plenty of players once they have finished their career, Becchio can go on to become a fantastic coach and there's always the opportunity that he could eventually be our head coach, just imagine it!
The advantages for this current season are simple, even with Erwin back we have a lack of strikers to play a 4-4-2 formation and I do not believe that Evans is the man to give the young lads a chance.
We need someone that can come on with 15 minutes to go and take that final opportunity to bag us three points. Look at the Bolton match for one second, we needed a leader to come on and take the game by the scruff of the neck and Luciano could give us that.
He's also a fantastic person to have in your dressing room. He's passionate, he's strong willed and he knows what it means to love Leeds United.
Quite simply, to overlook a man like Becchio is a sin. Not just in footballing terms but as representatives of this club. We need Becchio, it's that simple. So If there's anyone at the club still that has any common sense just go out there and bring back my Becchio!
By Ryan Ingham
Russ Vernon takes a look at today's fixture for the Leeds United Development Squad.
Leeds United Under-21s played out a six goal thriller against Bolton Wanderers Under-21s as they drew 3-3 at Thorp Arch on Monday afternoon.
Midfielder Casper Sloth scored a brace as he helped put Leeds 2-1 in front at the break. Bolton's Kaiyne Woolery helped his side to a come-back with a hat-trick but a late goal from striker Souleymane Doukara pounced on poor goalkeeping from former United goalkeeper Paul Rachubka to earn a point for Paul Hart's youngsters.
Hart in his line-up for this Professional Development League 2 clash named four first team players in his squad including a return from injury for midfielder Tommaso Bianchi. Sloth, Doukara and Kalvin Phillips also featured for the team.
Academy defender Tyler Denton was named captain in the absence of the suspended Lewie Coyle, who was sent off in the U21s clash with Watford last time out.
Sloth, who has been a regular for the U21s this season put the side infront after 7 minutes after he raced onto a through ball from Phillips and slotted past Rachubka to give us the lead.
The Danish international then doubled United's lead and scored his 2nd of the afternoon after he lached onto a through ball from Doukara and fired underneath Rachubka to put United into a 2-0 lead on 21 minutes.
Then Phillips and Frank Mulhern forced former Utd keeper into some good saves, before Woolery pulled a goal back for Bolton after latching onto a through ball from Jon Ceberio.
Ceberio then tested keeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell into a great save with a long effort as the visitors ended the first half strongly.
Just a minute after the restart Bolton made a great start and following a mix-up in defence from Peacock-Farrell and Jake Skelton, Woolery levelled the match.
Former United keeper Rachubka then twice denied Leeds from re-taking the lead keeping out strikes from Doukara and Stokes, before Woolery completed his hat-trick after he waltzed his way through the United defence and tooked home into the bottom corner.
Doukara soon hit back and got Unite on level terms on 78 minutes when he scored from close-range after Rachubka failed to hold a Tom Lyman cross.
That was the last goal scoring action of the game as United & Bolton played out a 3-3 draw.
United: Peacock-Farrell, Purver, Skelton, Vann, Denton, Sloth, Phillips, Bianchi, Stokes, Mulhern, Doukara.
Bolton: Rachubka, Pisano, Taylor, Finney, Lussey, Maher, Wilson, Holding, Thomas, Woolery, Ceberio.
By Russ Vernon
We All Love Leeds head of content Keith Ingham shares his views on the recent sacking of head coach Uwe Rosler.
Twelve games into the 2015/16 season Leeds United FC, through the means of Twitter confirmed that they had parted company with another manager, the fifth person that has occupied the job of Head Coach at the club in the past year or so.
Nobody really should be surprised as in Italy Cellino sacked managers almost weekly. There is a massive problem within the club and it starts at the top, with a unpredictable owner that seems to do at a whim, the unexpected. Really the Football League should look into his continual farcical hiring then firing coaches (They did - Haha! ).
Where does this leave the club ? Well, if rumours are true it will be with a man who said last season he would never work under Cellino, Steve Evans. The larger than life character has been unveiled via Twitter this evening, skipping the pantomime press conference on this occasion.
I feel a little sorry for Uwe, as a few more wins would have seen the club in a more respectable position then the eighteenth place we find ourselves in, with a club record of 11 games at home without a win. Rosler's 'heavy metal' football never happened and sometimes it was more like 'Daniel O'Donnell' football and his continual playing of his 4-3-3 style, even at home, meant that we could only play counter attacking football and teams got wise to it. We never really had a 'plan b' either, the players never looked comfortable with the formation, or so it seemed from the stands. I wish the man well and it seems he definitely left and nothing was 'mutually agreed' meaning another court case may be forthcoming.
I said at the end of last season I needed something 'positive' to happen around the club to keep my support and my money and to a certain extent it did, but with the leaving of Adam Pearson it seems the sorry state the club was in before Pearson arrived is going to happen again very soon, relegation especially with Evans in charge seems a very realistic worry.
I just wish that Massimo Cellino would crawl back from where he sunbathed and leave our once mighty club alone, Billy, Don and Gary must be crying at the state of their beloved club. I know I am.
News Flash: Cellino seen crawling away from the East Stand having been served another spanking from Shaun Harvey (we still don't like him either).
A brief description of the emotion that filled We All Love Leeds writer Keir Taylor once he found out that Cellino had received his seconf ban from the Football League.
Cellino, found guilty. It is unclear how long for yet. But one thing is for sure - this fantastic club has the chance to be ours again.
Make your voices heard, speak out and condemn this criminal from owning us.
This is our club, and it always has been.
In the words of Noel Whelan, "GET IIINNNNNN!"
Have a good day, unless you're Massimo.
By Keir Taylor
Leeds United Supporters Trust chairman has his say on the recent dismissal of Leeds United Head Coach Uwe Rosler.
From the very early days of Massimo Cellino’s majority share ownership of Leeds United, it was clear the support was in for a rollercoaster ride. Unfortunately it’s been a downhill one.
The Trust has consistently said that the club should put the stability and the needs of the support at the top of its agenda. Alas, for reasons only Massimo Cellino can explain, this is not happening. What is happening is that Mr Cellino appears to be in the media a lot for his activities – the vast majority of which seem to signal yet another Leeds United crisis.
Constant head-coach changes (with the subsequent need to make expensive pay-offs), is doing nothing for the evolution of a footballing squad more than capable of challenging in this division.
All this upheaval is damaging to the young players we nurture and to the reputation of the club. If Massimo Cellino is not prepared to acknowledge England is not Italy and that coaches cannot be sacked at the rate of 4 a season, it seems to point to who the major source of instability is.
Equally, the constant nature of off-piste issues (Italian court-cases, in and out managing directors, the non purchase of Elland Road) is helping to encase the clubs reputation of being constantly in crisis.
As such, it is easy to see why the events of last week (particularly the ticket allocation debacle) and today (the sacking of Uwe Rosler and the employment of Steve Evans) have instilled a sense of despair in the loyal fan base.
The Trust calls on Massimo Cellino to acknowledge the need for real stability, manifested in stable football management and consideration of the needs of the long suffering support.
We call on Massimo Cellino to employ a Managing Director with proven English Football experience to lead the club forward, and for Mr Cellino to adopt the accepted approach of successful football club owners in England, to be seldom seen and never heard.
News Flash: Massimo has left the building having been banned once again by the FL, maybe dreams do come true?
COMING SOON IN 2016 LEEDS RHINOS PAGE!
As Editor-in-Chief of We All Love Leeds, I am happy to announce that we will be covering a different sport on our site that is surely close to many a Lufc fans heart. The Leeds Rhinos will be debuting on the site for the 2016 season.
This comes about after our fantastic developing partnership with the Leeds Ladies FC and we hope that we can now take that success and add to it with a devoted page on everything Leeds Rhinos.
Our new writer Lewis Watson will be our Leeds Rhinos correspondent and will be bringing articles to you including match reviews, who we need to sign, who we need to show the door and the key players for the new season.
After a fantastic season winning the treble and dominating the awards, we are going to be writing about what we need to do to keep Leeds Rhinos the best Rugby League team in England.
Debuting his first article for We All Love Leeds is Lewis Watson, who has a short season review that most fans will surely enjoy to recap on,
Overview of the 2015 season
Well needless to say Leeds Rhinos could not of had a better season. Right from the off it was a nail biting affair all the way to the final whistle of the Grand Final, where we managed to beat Wigan Warriors 22-20.
My opinion is that Leeds Rhinos started their great form once the fans had found out that we would be losing three legends (who I will talk about further in another article) who have done more than any one could have asked for.
Leeds Rhinos started the treble with the fantastic victory over Hull KR at Wembley, where we saw a record victory of 50-0 and Tom Briscoe miraculously scoring 5 tries! After the Wembley final Leeds became a bit shaky, tired maybe? We saw the Challenge Cup champions lose 3 games in a row and at that point most fans would agree that we thought it was the end of the season for Leeds.
But the famous saying is never write Leeds off! To win the League Leaders shield the Rhinos had to travel to a very on form Huddersfield Giants. This proved another great advertisement for Rugby League after a great nail biting game seconds away from seeing Wigan Warriors take the League leaders shield, when the worlds best winger scored an impossible try in the 80th minute seeing Leeds win 20-16.
But it wasn't over, not yet. There was still one more to go to see the Rhinos dominate the league and it was the biggest one of all, The Grand Final at Old Trafford. First of all, Leeds needed to beat St Helens and yet again another very close game that proved the commitment and the will to see Leeds beat Saints 20-13 after another great Ryan Hall try which took all of his strength to beat a mass of bodies trying to stop him touching down. Kallum Watkins then scoring in the final minutes saw Leeds sure up another appearance at Old Trafford.
The Grand Final would be against the mighty Wigan Warriors, who had been dominant in their semi final. Leeds went in to the final second favourites with people was pointing out how tired we looked and that we had no chance against the young guns at Warriors. Didn't Leeds prove them wrong!
With a sold out crowd, the whole of Yorkshire behind them to win the treble and being the final game of Rugby League for Sir Kevin Sinfield, Jamie Peacock and Kylie Leuluai, who was going to stop them?
The best game of Rugby League I have witnessed saw the Rhinos beat Wigan 22-20 with a great try from young Josh Walters. Both teams looked exhausted, so it all came down to who wanted to win the most and Leeds came out on top. An outstanding game from Danny Maguire saw him win the Harry Sunderland trophy and we all witnessed Leeds Rhinos lifting the 3rd trophy of the season which got us the treble we all dreamed of.
What a great season for any Leeds fan to be part of, now it's up to us to look at how to recreate this for 2016!
By Lewis Watson
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